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Compliance Matters: Ten steps to select your tax preparer judiciously

May 3, 2016
Compliance Matters: Ten steps to select your tax preparer judiciously The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recommends that taxpayers choose their tax preparer wisely. The main reason behind this recommendation is that the taxpayer is ultimately responsible for all the information in the income tax return, no matter who has actually prepared the tax return.

UN Secretary-General's message on World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2016
UN Secretary-General's message on World Press Freedom Day Human rights, democratic societies and sustainable development depend on the free flow of information. And the right to information depends on press freedom. Each year, we observe World Press Freedom Day to emphasize these fundamental principles, to protect the independence of...

The Caribbean's 'Disappearing People' renew claim for rights and survival

April 30, 2016
The Caribbean's 'Disappearing People' renew claim for rights and survival BELIZE CITY, Belize -- In many Caribbean lands, they now exist only in history books, having moved, been killed off or exiled when conquering Europeans came in the 16th and 17th century. In Belize, Guyana, Suriname, Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and...

International coalition urges UN to appoint 'journalists' protector'

April 30, 2016
International coalition urges UN to appoint 'journalists' protector' PARIS, France -- Media outlets, journalists, NGOs and prominent figures on every continent have joined in calling for the appointment of a “journalists’ protector” with the position of special representative to the UN secretary-general for the safety of journalists, in accordance with a...

Swimwear collection launched featuring original Haitian art

April 27, 2016
Swimwear collection launched featuring original Haitian art PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Yanvalou Designs has announced its 2016 collection of reversible swimwear, cover-ups, and accessories showcasing original Haitian art licensed from Haitian master, Frantz Zephirin, and emerging artists, Pizaro and Ras Kimy.  Zephirin is one of Haiti's most...

UNAIDS condemns killings and human rights violations against transgender people in the Caribbean

April 26, 2016
UNAIDS condemns killings and human rights violations against transgender people in the Caribbean KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has condemned killings and violations of human rights against transgender people reported in recent months by civil society and media in different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Bill to enhance US-Caribbean ties clears committee stage

April 23, 2016
Bill to enhance US-Caribbean ties clears committee stage WASHINGTON, USA -- US congressman Eliot Engel, ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, on Thursday welcomed the unanimous approval by the Committee of his legislation to prioritize the United States-Caribbean relationship. The United States-Caribbean...

NY banks ordered to provide information on Panama dealings

April 22, 2016
NY banks ordered to provide information on Panama dealings NEW YORK, USA -- Some 13 foreign banks operating in New York, including Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Commerzbank and ABN Amro, have been ordered by the New York Department of Financial Services to turn over details of their dealings with Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca.

Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival highlights laws that protect birds

April 22, 2016
Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival highlights laws that protect birds WASHINGTON, USA -- “Spread Your Wings for Bird Conservation” is the theme for this year’s celebration of the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival. At dozens of events throughout the region, participants of all ages will learn about the different laws and programs that protect unique birds.

New research shows extent of progress on LGBT rights in Commonwealth

April 22, 2016
New research shows extent of progress on LGBT rights in Commonwealth LONDON, England -- Research launched on Wednesday shows the extent of progress being made by countries across the Commonwealth in upholding the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) citizens. The research shows that many governments are reforming laws...

US lawmakers push for closer Caribbean ties

April 21, 2016
US lawmakers push for closer Caribbean ties WASHINGTON, USA -- The ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot L. Engel, together with Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a former chair of the committee, have introduced bipartisan legislation in the United States Congress to prioritize the US-Caribbean relationship.

2016 World Press Freedom Index: Leaders paranoid about journalists

April 21, 2016
2016 World Press Freedom Index: Leaders paranoid about journalists PARIS, France -- Most of the movement in the World Press Freedom Index unveiled on Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is indicative of a climate of fear and tension combined with increasing control over newsrooms by governments and private-sector interests.

$10 million in illegal narcotics seized in Caribbean drug bust

April 20, 2016
$10 million in illegal narcotics seized in Caribbean drug bust MIAMI, USA -- The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Dependable conducted three separate international and inter-agency counter narcotics operations that resulted in the seizure of approximately 325 kilograms of cocaine, 600 pounds of marijuana and apprehension of 15 suspected...

Islamic bloc calls for international conference on slavery reparations

April 18, 2016
Islamic bloc calls for international conference on slavery reparations ISTANBUL, Turkey -- The 13th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit, which ended on Friday in Istanbul, Turkey, in its communiqué threw its full support behind the Caribbean community and the African Diaspora in their quest to convene an international conference to...

EU contributes Euro14 million to catastrophe risk insurance for Caribbean and Central America

April 18, 2016
EU contributes Euro14 million to catastrophe risk insurance for Caribbean and Central America WASHINGTON, USA -- The European Commission and the World Bank on Friday signed a Euro 14 million agreement to be executed by the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) to facilitate access to low cost, high quality catastrophe risk insurance for the governments of Central American...

US releases 2015 human rights report

April 15, 2016
US releases 2015 human rights report WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the US State Department released its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which include a number of countries in the Caribbean region. Speaking to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry emphasised that the human rights standards...

A 'deep and disturbing' decline in media freedom reported

April 15, 2016
A 'deep and disturbing' decline in media freedom reported PARIS, France -- The 2016 edition of the World Press Freedom Index, which Reporters Without Borders (RSF) will publish on 20 April, shows that there has been a deep and disturbing decline in respect for media freedom at both the global and regional levels. Ever since the 2013 index...

Compliance Matters: CRS and FATCA - both combat tax evasion

April 15, 2016
Compliance Matters: CRS and FATCA - both combat tax evasion We know that large amounts of money all over the world are kept “elsewhere”, or “other where”, and go untaxed as Taxpayers fall short of complying with their tax obligation in their home jurisdictions. We also know that FATCA was established to fight tax evasion from USA individuals...

Book review: The iPINIONS Journal - Commentaries on the Global Events of 2015 by Anthony L. Hall

April 15, 2016
Book review: The iPINIONS Journal - Commentaries on the Global Events of 2015 by Anthony L. Hall Caribbean News Now op-ed columnist Anthony Hall embarks on his eleventh annual retrospective compendium of insights and observations on the major events of our times with the publication of his latest edition – The iPINIONS Journal - Commentaries on the Global Events 2015...

World Heritage supports millions, but threatened worldwide

April 14, 2016
World Heritage supports millions, but threatened worldwide BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Nearly half of all natural World Heritage sites are threatened by harmful industrial activities, according to a new World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report. These sites provide vital services to people and the environment, but are at risk worldwide from activities including...

Rising sea water temperatures due to El Nino cause coral bleaching

April 14, 2016
Rising sea water temperatures due to El Nino cause coral bleaching BOQUETE, Panama -- One third of all marine species that live in the sea spend at least part of their lives on coral reefs, which are some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, second only to rainforests. Slow growing coral reefs are worth more than the billions in revenue...

Fiscal reform key to boost growth in the Caribbean and Latin America

April 12, 2016
Fiscal reform key to boost growth in the Caribbean and Latin America NASSAU, Bahamas -- Weak global growth, a fading demographic boom, lower commodity prices and deteriorating fiscal positions are underscoring the urgent need for major reformulations in fiscal policies of Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the Inter-American Development...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Children are not flowers: They do not simply blossom

April 12, 2016
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Children are not flowers: They do not simply blossom Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: Children Are Not Flowers: They Do Not Simply Blossom.

IDB study says $1.8 billion needed to end poor housing conditions in the Caribbean

April 11, 2016
IDB study says $1.8 billion needed to end poor housing conditions in the Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- Approximately US$1.8 billion would be needed to end poor housing conditions currently endured by 1 million residents in The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, according to a new Inter-American Development Bank report.

Dutch national ombudsman representatives visiting Statia and Saba this week

April 11, 2016
Dutch national ombudsman representatives visiting Statia and Saba this week WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- This week, the representatives of the National Ombudsman will be visiting St Eustatius (Statia) and Saba once more. Every citizen with complaints about the functioning of the government can visit during consultation hours. Reinier van Zutphen, the National Ombudsman...

After 'Panama Papers' leak, UN expert calls for end of financial secrecy to halt illicit fund flows

April 9, 2016
After 'Panama Papers' leak, UN expert calls for end of financial secrecy to halt illicit fund flows NEW YORK, USA -- In the wake of last week’s leak of a trove of confidential financial documents from a Panama law firm, a United Nations human rights expert called on the international community to urgently put an end to financial secrecy. “Tax evasion and the flow of funds of illicit origin...

Women in Caribbean Media Initiative

April 2, 2016
Women in Caribbean Media Initiative DETROIT, USA -- As the first female Jamaican journalist in the Detroit/Midwest since Marcus Garvey, the industry of journalism for Caribbean women has been marginalized, yielding few images of strong Caribbean role models. My mission is to educate, empower and inform Caribbean...

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